Could there be anything more fun than the uproar over HB 1072, the recently-passed bill that amends the so-called “Labor Peace Act” of 1963?
If political junkies were film buffs, it’s like seeing the original cut of “Casablanca.” Labor dinosaurs do battle with business troglodytes! Sinister labor barons threaten the free enterprise system! Democratic pols, flush with labor dollars, crush the GOP defenders of truth, justice and the American way! The fearless advocates of working Americans fight the evil minions of millionaire monopolists! Continue Reading One little bill, but so much controversy
There are places that loom large in the annals of war, and in our collective imagination, places where no battles are fought, no shots are fired and where the loudest noise is the muted hum of powerful computer systems.
Think of the War Room at the Pentagon, the White House Situation Room, the mysterious “undisclosed location” to which Vice President Dick Cheney retreated during the aftermath of 9/11 … and right here in our back yard — Cheyenne Mountain. Continue Reading Opening ‘the mountain’ could be tourism boom
I have no defense. They’re right — I did indeed publicly (and privately, in the voting booth) support those devil-spawned Democrat candidates. I’ll take my punishment like a man — no more Republican caucuses for me! Continue Reading I’m non-partisan — as far as politics goesContinue reading …
In common with every other homeowner in Colorado Springs, I got the usual nasty little January surprise in the mail a few days ago — my utility bill.
It was bad. Really bad. So bad that I thought briefly about relocating to a place with a mild, equable climate, where the temperature year-round ranges between, say, 65 and 80 degrees — neither too hot nor too cold. Goodbye furnace, goodbye air conditioner, goodbye utility bills. Continue Reading A few humble suggestions for utilities
By the late 1940s, the Colorado Springs economy was at a crossroads.
The establishment of Camp Carson had led to a brief spurt of prosperity during World War II, but much of the wartime military establishment had melted away. There were scarcely 600 soldiers stationed at Camp Carson, and local leaders feared that it might be closed. Continue Reading Growth takes root in boom-bust cycles
And if foreclosures continue to mount, we may see a repeat of the disasters of the late 1980s — a local economic slowdown combined with a glut of housing inventory — which, if history’s any guide, means a Wal-Mart moment … Watch for Falling Prices! Continue Reading Springs doesn’t have bubble to burstContinue reading …
Colorado Springs is, unlike Denver or Pueblo, an artificial city.
Pueblo began as a trading post, and, thanks to east-west rail and nearby deposits of coal and iron, became an industrial city — the Pittsburgh of the Rocky Mountains.
Denver, located at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the Platte River, was a natural site for settlement. Beginning in 1858, when the first settlers arrived, the city grew rapidly and haphazardly. Continue Reading After fast start, Springs’ growth took a breather
But if you own an average house in Aspen — just a rickety old miner’s shack, updated with electric lights, a space heater and running water — it’ll be worth a cool $57 million come 2016. Continue Reading It’s time to get in on the ground floorContinue reading …
… It’s always interesting to have your worldview turned upside down or your most treasured preconceptions shattered by cold, hard facts. Continue Reading Some preconception-shatterers to startContinue reading …
Another year gone, and what do we have to show for it? An optimist would say that he/she has grown, learned and flourished; a pessimist might note that he/she is just that much closer to dusty death.
But since none of us are dead yet, let’s be optimistic. Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for next year